What does dad wear in a no-tux wedding??

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
  • poll:
    Navy blue suit -- doesn't matter if it matches the groom as long as the tie is different : (13 votes)
    37 %
    Khakis and navy blazer -- matching the groomsmen (but different tie) : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Tan suit : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Grey suit : (12 votes)
    34 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @NavyBride2013:  My dad wore khaki pants, a white express shirt, & a tie & boutonniere that matched the grooms 🙂 It was very nice because he matched the bridal party somewhat, but not exactly because he didn’t wear the khaki vest that the groom/groomsmen wore.

    I think that, or an all tan suit would be reall nice on your dad! (my groom has an all tan suit from express & it is downright spiffy!) 


    Post # 4
    872 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @NavyBride2013:  We had navy blue suits too! My dad ended up wearing a blue suit, it wasn’t navy but more of a dark medium blue. You’d be surprised how many colors of blue suits there are!!

    Post # 5
    10886 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009


    I would have your father match your FI but with a different tie. I think a blazer and khaki pants would be too casual for the father of the bride.

    Post # 6
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette Snob here… lol

    This is an easier Question for a Formal Wedding… in which case the Dads tend to match or dress similarly to the Men in the Bridal Party (Groom, Groomsmen, Ushers)

    When things are more laid back, then the choices are more open…

    The smartest thing is if a Dad matches “the formality” versus the actual clothing choices.

    What you have described here sounds as if it is an Informal Daytime Event…

    In which case

    (a) No one can ever go wrong with a Dark Suit


    (b) Light Coloured Trousers and a Dark Blazer


    (c) A Summer Suit (tan would be an appropriate colour)

    If it is an Evening Event… then a Dark Suit would be the best choice.

    Hope this helps,

    NOTE – FOGs can usually go more on the casual side than a FOB… FOBs are far more front & centre… and in a lot more Photographs.


    Post # 7
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My dad didn’t wear a tux. He just wore a nice suit. Truthfully, I didn’t care what he wore — what was more important was that he was there.

    Post # 10
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @NavyBride2013:  Tell him what my mom told my dad — Go down to a suit shop and ask them to make him look nice for his daughter’s wedding.

    The assistants took very good care of my dad. He looked sharp!

    Post # 11
    42101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @NavyBride2013:  I think if the groom is wearing a suit, your Dad should wear either a suit or a blazer and dress pants.

    I would definitely have him wear a different tie than the groom, maybe even a different color shirt. A pale blue shirt would look great.

    Post # 12
    1861 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My groom and groomspeople wore charcoal pinstriped suits; the dads wore black suits, since they were the best investment for re-wearing!

    In your case, I think a navy suit with a different tie would work well. If your mom knows what she’s wearing, his tie could be chosen to coordinate with her outfit too! In our case, my dad’s tie was a tonal range of purple stripes — the eggplant was the main tone for our wedding, but the magenta stripes coordinated subtly with my mom’s outfit.


    Post # 13
    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My bridal party didn’t wear tuxes.

    Groom – black suit, red shirt, black tie

    Groomsmen – black pants, black shirt, red tie

    FOG – Navy suit, white shirt, navy tie

    Stepfather of the Bride – Black suit, white shirt, navy tie

    Father of the Bride – Grey suit, white shirt, silver tie.

    They looked great.



    Post # 14
    1771 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    FI and his guys are wearing latte suits. My dad asked if he can wear a gray suit. I just do not care what he wears as long as it’s a suit so I told him to go for it.

    Post # 15
    1929 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    All the men  wore gray suits (different gray suits, whatever they had).  The groomsmen and groom wore white shirts with blue ties (different blue ties, whatever they wanted).  The fathers wore gray suits, with whatever they wanted.  I think my dad wore a gray shirt, blue tie… My FIL wore something like that too… 

    Post # 16
    587 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    all of the groomsmen and the groom will be wearing the same dark grey suits with vests, and matching ties. My dad will be wearing a dark grey suit of a different style and a different color tie. I didn’t really care what he wore to be honest. same goes for my FIL…he can wear whatever he feels good in

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